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Asylum Seekers with Children May Stay

Published tisdag 27 oktober 2009 kl 10.39

Swedish authorities and institutions have criticized the government's proposal as unclear concerning the necessity of some asylum seekers with small children to return to their home country to apply for residence permits.

The proposal says an asylum seeker who has a child with a Swedish citizen can apply here if the time of absence would be too long - without specifying what this means.

The critics maintain that this can lead to arbitrary decisions and doesn't take into account the trauma for a child missing the parent.

The Swedish minister of migration shrugs off the criticism, claiming his proposal is an improvement over the present situation demanding that all asylum seekers return to their home country - even those with small children.

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